I'm not sure if this is urgent tbh!

kraucci

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Hi everyone. I've literally made myself sick worrying about this today, so I'm hoping I'm just far too attached to my chin and dramatic and that this doesn't likely need a vet trip. Pardon the word vomit, but as I said, I'm panicking. Last night, I was closing Sam's cage door, and I didn't realize his paw was still in the idk what you'd call it you know, corner area. I realized a split second and of course wasn't closing it hard at all, but I noticed because as soon as I went to close it, he made the ouchie noise and I opened it. There was no struggle and I didn't even for a second think his paw might be hurt.
Of course I read everything I could and know that they hide their pain well, so I'm hoping for some advice (preferably to support me just being a hot mess overthinking lol). He's about to turn 7 (well we think based on his growth when I got him when he was a baby). I honestly don't know if in real life that's old or young knowing they -should- or -could- live 20 years. I've been crazy about observing him, so now I'm asking myself omg does he always sleep like that does he always hop like that blah blah. It's the potential favoring of the leg that's making me anxious. He's been picking up things to eat all day and hopping, but it's also raining and he does tend to feel that barometric pressure or whatever it is that makes us sad when it rains lol, so that's not helping me decide if something is going on. I've read that tons of other chins sleep with one paw tucked in, which I'm SURE he does too, but it just happens to be the limb in question. He hasn't barked or anything, and he's actually made his what I've always thought to be happy chirp type noises, like the coo-ing also that he typically does when he's happy. I've been touching his paws and he's not reacting in any way when I touch either and he's stood on all it without any indication of pain like rapidly remembering it hurts and taking the pressure off it sort of thing.
I just don't know HOW good they are at hiding pain and if any of that means ANYTHING. I feel there's no way it would be broken, maybe sore at worst. It looks absolutely fine just like the other one just like it always does, so I'm thinking I give it until tomorrow and if something is wrong I would definitely be able to tell? I don't know what a vet would even do I mean he wouldn't be using it at all if it was fractured or sprained or anything painful, would he? Do they try to act macho like that lol? Ugh I'll stop ranting now. Thank you anyone who read this far. I just don't want to have killed him over this and not sure how fast "they get sick fast" sort of thing is. Ahh I'm sorry thank you!
 

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It doesn't sound like he is hurt, at most maybe you pinched his paw, causing the "ouch". Watch for any signs of discoloration or swelling, which are things they can't hide. ;) They try to act normal though, so yes, it can happen for example that they act completely normal but their paw is all swollen and bruised up so keep an eye on it.

Also 7 I would consider like early to mid 40s if he were human, so not really old, but getting to middle age. With proper care they live an average of 15-20 years, similar to a cat, so I just use cat age calculators to figure out chin ages. :)
 

kraucci

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It doesn't sound like he is hurt, at most maybe you pinched his paw, causing the "ouch". Watch for any signs of discoloration or swelling, which are things they can't hide. ;) They try to act normal though, so yes, it can happen for example that they act completely normal but their paw is all swollen and bruised up so keep an eye on it.

Also 7 I would consider like early to mid 40s if he were human, so not really old, but getting to middle age. With proper care they live an average of 15-20 years, similar to a cat, so I just use cat age calculators to figure out chin ages. :)
Thank you so much! Mid 40s haha. He's been killing a toy with all his strength lol, so I feel a lot better seeing that energy and paw action.
 
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